Ten Ways to Spring Clean Your Practice
By Kelli Lene on Mar 07, 2016
New Year’s is about goal setting but spring is about clearing the decks of clutter. And by clutter I am referring to the mental, physical, and business variety. It’s time to shake out the cobwebs and check for things that no longer serve you or your clients. For your entertainment- here is my list so far.
- Self-care equipment: The yoga bench, rarely used, in the reception area will be retired. However, the massaging pad in the recliner is still a big hit. The foot massager will be relocated in order to give it a more prominent position and another probationary period.
- Reception area: My herbal tea bar is going to be greatly reduced in favor of a herbal/citrus and Sole waters. In the interest of making sure reading material is current and relevant to my current demographics, I am replacing a woman’s magazine with The Smithsonian.
- Music: I’m still CD old school so clients can choose their music. I decided to really listen to all my music and dispense with what I don’t like or duplications. Clients can adopt any rejects.
- Smell: I do not burn candles or use diffusers because I utilize so much aromatherapy and do not want it to be overwhelming. Just to be sure I make it a priority, when I leave my office for a while to access the scentscape when I come back.
- Massage Mediums: Shelf life people, shelf life! I love acquiring or blending new products. If I have a surplus: smidgen of product left: or it’s getting close to expiration (not out of date), I offer it to a client or fellow therapist to try.
- Sheets: You know what I’m talking about- tired; rancid; or rough. I recently invested in more expensive sheets specifically made for our profession. My clients have ever complained but since I changed I have had many comments on how soft they feel. Yikes, I should have addressed this earlier. (Last year I added a new colorful blanket and clients loved it)
- Modalities and Protocols: In 25 years I have collected a large number of treatment allies and techniques. I’m editing and rotating selections of stones, cups, bamboo sticks, etc., otherwise it gets to be a pile of stuff. It’s important not to get in a rut, so just like with the massage tools, it’s time to rethink my tool box and intentionally re-prioritize and put a twist on the sessions. Like starting with the client body scanning instead of automatically bolstering.
- Conversation: I am enormously curious about life and people. As a result I sometimes get a little too comfortable with my clients. So I constantly have to assess what discussions occur during sessions. It is my responsibility to keep the tone relaxed, professional and informative. Where our thoughts go, our energy goes.
- Business: Location, attitude, targeted client demographic, marketing, finances………. I assess while I have all the numbers out for tax preparation. If I can’t make immediate changes, then I make a plan with timeline. Mine is a commitment to host more open houses.
I hope you will take the time to really look at your practice and be intentional about your choices. Notice I did not say anything about general clutter, which was supposed to be number 10, but my office has been described as the inside of a nomad wagon.... so you are on your own.
Be well, Do good work, and let us know what you spruce up in spring.